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Models to Re-legalization of Cannabis (Marijuana)

Fingerprints or Freedom?

Increasingly, it's not a question of if cannabis will be re-legalized,
but how cannabis will be re-legalized.

There are two models to cannabis relegalization: the True Legalization Model (freedom-based) and the Law Enforcement Model (fear-based).

True Legalization Model (freedom-based): Legalize2012.com favors the True Legalization Model, where any adult needs to show only their driver’s license to purchase cannabis. This model assumes cannabis is one of the safest substances known to man and that only minimal restrictions on time, manner and place of cannabis production and use are necessary. This model allows responsible adult use. Cannabis is regulated equally or less-restrictively than alcohol and is subject to the same sales tax as any other retail product.

Features:

  • No unreasonable limits on personal possession, cultivation and use of cannabis, just like alcohol.
  • Adult needs to show only their driver’s license to purchase cannabis (no fingerprints or government tracking.)
  • Raises revenue by requiring sales tax to be paid on cannabis purchases. Sin taxes promoted in the Law Enforcement Model are designed to discourage use and are not part of the True Legalization Model.

Examples:

Law Enforcement Model (fear-based): This model assumes that cannabis is dangerous and must be regulated more strictly than any other substance. It feeds off the Reefer Madness campaign, started in 1937, that cannabis is a danger to society. Its hallmarks are over-regulation and excessive taxes.

Features:

  • Regulates cannabis stricter than alcohol or any other substance.
  • Allows excessive government regulations, including surveillance, tracking and privacy violations
  • Creates new crimes, new prohibitions and new penalties
  • Creates and funds new branch of law enforcement dedicated to marijuana crimes
  • Allows prohibitive sin taxes on cannabis (in addition to sales tax)
  • Often does not allow personal cannabis cultivation

Examples:

  • Amendment 64: This gives broad authority directly to the Department of Revenue's law enforcement division to police marijuana users. As we've seen with Medical Marijuana in Colorado, the DOR now has a new branch of law enforcement dedicated to marijuana, funded by applications from medical marijuana centers. In the 2.5 years since it accepted over 1600 applications, over half of the medical marijuana dispensaries have gone out of business. The DOR has granted only about 250 licenses and the other 250 medical marijuana dispensaries are still waiting. Their regulatory scheme is designed so that only extremely wealthy businesses will have to opportunity to compete. The MMCED is intent on tracking every gram of cannabis in Colorado from "seed-to-sale", endangering the privacy of cannabis consumers. This type of market system that favors the few has been called an oligopoly model.
  • HB1284: Colorado's new medical marijuana statute, created in 2010.
    Colorado’s poorly-written medical marijuana initiative was based on the Law Enforcement Model. This resulted in a new branch of law enforcement dedicated to fingerprinting & videotaping patients and tracking every gram of cannabis from "seed to sale."
  • Colorado Initiative 47: Marijuana for adult use. Proposed for Colorado ballot in 2010 by SAFER but never circulated and now has reportedly been abandoned by SAFER as a model: Allows a $50 or 200% additional tax
  • Colorado's Medical Marijuana Initiative (Amendment 20): Supported by MPP and George Soros. Failed to set up a distribution system and adequately protect patient privacy. Passed by voters in 2000. Resulted in the legislature setting up a new branch of law enforcement to investigate and prosecute medical marijuana patients and providers.
  • Proposition 19: Marijuana for adult use. Lost in California Nov. 2, 2010 ballot. Restricts cultivation size, plant amounts.
  • Arizona Medical Marijuana ballot initiative, sponsored by MPP and funded by George Soros, that doesn't allow a patient to grow their own cannabis if they live within 25 miles of a dispensary.
  • Nevada Legalization Initiative

Background on Legalization Models

Law Enforcement Model Proponents and Funders

- George Soros, globalist and currency manipulator

- Drug Policy Alliance (Ethan Nadelmann)

- Marijuana Policy Project (Rob Kampia, executive director)

Articles and Essays

Legalizing Marijuana – A post-election analysis by Steve Kubby, co-author of Prop. 215
November 5th, 2010

Can we win the war without the troops? An Analysis of the Americans for Medical Rights
Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative Strategies in the 1998 General Election

How the Marijuana Re-Legalization Movement Has Been Betrayed by Soros, Nadleman (DPA) and Kampia (MPP) by Bruce W. Cain, Editor, New Age Citizen

Re-Legalize Marijuana: But Don't Tax or Regulate Personal Cultivation by Bruce W. Cain, Editor, New Age Citizen




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